13 Jun2014

Amaryllis en Masse

by Marketman


I am currently in the midst of crazed preparations for hosting roughly 20+ marketmanila readers for an informal barbecue lunch at the beach today, so I will be relatively quiet for the next day or two… It isn’t going to be as elaborate a set-up as other eyeballs where I have used the entire crew of Zubuchon to mobilize meals, but I hope for a more hands-on, practical meal today — paellas, grilled meat and seafood, and fresh salads. Fingers crossed for decent weather, as it has turned rather stormy and rainy suddenly over the past few days in Manila. At any rate, this post features the latest use of some blooming amaryllis bulbs that I purchased last Sunday at the Centris market.


For about PHP250 ($6) total, I had 9 bulbs that we put in plain glass vases with a little water, and massed them around an old Chinese vase at the entrance table. The day before, they were a centerpiece on the dining table. Just a quick post to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to pull together an interesting flower grouping. This will last about a week indoors then will be planted in the yard after that. I hope you are all having a wonderful Philippine Independence Day/Weekend. Back with more South African posts soon.



  1. Connie C says:

    I was at Centris last Sunday and missed bumping into you just after the crack of dawn! I also saw those bulbs and contemplated on getting some and doing the same thing except I hate not being able to plant them afterwards in my tiny garden with my spot for bulbs already occupied.

    Have a nice eyeball and will pray for a lovely weather for all of you merrymakers. And don’t worry MM….such high sense of duty to your commenters and blog visitors as if it was your obligation to keep us all informed and entertained. But then we feed on each other missing your posts and getting antsy and anxiety attacks whenever we can’t access your website!:)

    Jun 13, 2014 | 8:59 am


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  3. Thel from Florida says:

    Super Ganda–kaloka!!!! Have a great time everyone.

    Jun 13, 2014 | 9:49 am

  4. ginabeans91 says:

    simple, but quite stunning. :)

    Jun 13, 2014 | 10:02 am

  5. ami says:

    Wow, P250 for all 9 plants? They sell cut stargazer lilies at 3 blooms per stem at P250 also.

    Jun 13, 2014 | 10:08 am

  6. dianne says:


    Jun 13, 2014 | 12:08 pm

  7. Kasseopeia says:

    Best Friday the 13th ever!

    Thank you, Marketman and to everyone I met today at the EB. My belly was full of delicious food, and my jaws ached from laughter (and chewing, of course).
    I am still not over the spectacular tomatoes from Toscana Farms c/o Nacho.

    Again, daghang salamat and I sincerely hope it will not be the last time we will meet. Please?

    Jun 13, 2014 | 8:21 pm

  8. Betchay says:

    As I predicted, we– the 4 newbies, the EB of the EB( Eager Beavers of the EyeBall )were the first to arrive :)

    What a great day! Fantastic food! burp!burp! Terrific new friends! Special mention to the life of the party- J__y for entertaining us! :) And a very big THANK YOU to MM and Mrs. MM for welcoming us!

    @ConnieC: your prayers worked! No rain! :) tnx

    Jun 13, 2014 | 9:53 pm

  9. Jessy says:

    Hello-just a word of caution, as amaryllis are poisonous to dogs and cats!

    Jun 14, 2014 | 2:29 pm

  10. Joey says:

    It was fun, fun, fun!
    Wonderful venue, great food, excellent company!
    Mabuhay at maraming salamat, MM at sa lahat ng mga dumalo.
    Masaya ba yung Eyeball?
    Opoooooooo! ;-)

    Jun 14, 2014 | 5:36 pm

  11. Kasseopeia says:

    Uuwi na ba tayo? Hindi poooooooo *lol*

    Jun 14, 2014 | 5:42 pm

  12. peterb says:

    Thank you MM and Mrs. MM for welcoming us! Amazing food, great company and a lot of laughs. Thanks for the opportunity to grill on your super hot grill! I want one! :)

    I was so inspired that I passed by Santi’s Sta. Rosa to look for squid ink (they didn’t have any though)

    I also dropped by Toscana Farms and got myself some of those wonderful tomatoes that Nacho brought. Thanks Nacho!

    Nice to meet everyone and place a face to all the names! :)

    Jun 14, 2014 | 9:06 pm

  13. gingberdon says:

    Many many thanks MM and Mrs MM for once again hosting this uber crazy group that doesn’t stop laughing or eating! We had so much fun grilling and helping prepare the food(s). Both of you are always the most gracious of hosts.
    Thank you Thank you to everyone else who were there. You made the day so much more memorable.
    Sa uulitin :-)

    Jun 15, 2014 | 6:54 am

  14. millet says:

    Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. MM, the Teen and the crew, for welcoming us into your beautiful home, the great food, and the fabulous time that was had by all. Thank you fellow guests for all the eats, the stories, belly-busting laughs and great, great company. Masaya ba kayo? OPO!

    Jun 15, 2014 | 3:50 pm

  15. moni says:

    Thanks very much MM and Mrs. MM for your generosity and for welcoming us to your beautiful home. We had such great fun with your superb food and hospitality. May you be blessed more for your kindness. How can we ever repay you?

    Jun 15, 2014 | 5:25 pm

  16. peterb says:

    Hi Moni, how about our turn to cook for MM. Or has this been done before?

    Jun 15, 2014 | 7:47 pm

  17. Lee says:

    Jenny and I would like to thank MM and Mrs. MM for an amazing Friday the 13th in their beautiful home. Thank you for the food and generosity.

    To the very dignified and graceful ladies and gentlemen I rode with in the van, until we meet again somewhere.

    Jun 15, 2014 | 8:37 pm

  18. greens_blossoms says:

    A million thanks to you MM and Mrs. MM!!! You truly have a generous spirit! Enjoyed the sumptuous food and cooking demo of paella and chili crabs…and great company of new friends – where I can’t wait to be invited to the next eyeball – Bacolod, Bangkok, B-ietnam,
    B-aseco..and Capetown :-)

    Jun 15, 2014 | 8:53 pm


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